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September 03, 2019

‘Property Brothers’ and Other HGTV Stars Helped Renovating ‘The Brady Bunch’ House

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One of the most memorable aspects of “The Brady Bunch,” the sitcom that aired from 1969 to 1974, was the two-story house. Knowing that, HGTV bought and renovated it for an upcoming show titled “A Very Brady Renovation.”

The original series, created by Sherwood Schwartz, followed the life of Mike Brady, a widower architect played by Robert Reed who married Carol Martin, played by Florence Henderson.

"If there was a room that ever appeared in a single episode, we would make sure it was covered here."

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“The Brady Bunch”

Since Mike and Carol had three sons and three daughters respectively, most of the episodes revolved around the daily struggles of the large and blended family.

Nowadays, “The Brady Bunch” is considered one of the last old-style family sitcoms. Due to its success, the cast of the show has made many TV reunions, including “The Brady Girls Get Married” and “A Very Brady Christmas.”

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Introducing “A Very Brady Renovation”

The latest show related to the original series, “A Very Brady Renovation,” will be released on September 9 on HGTV (Home & Garden Television).

Last summer, fans of the series got surprised when they learned that HGTV won the bid on the iconic Studio City house that was used to shoot the 70s sitcom. At that point, it was unclear what the network had planned for the property.

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It was eventually revealed that HGTV was renovating it with the help of some of its most famous personalities, including “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott, “Good Bones” Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine, and “Restored by the Fords” Leanne and Steve Ford.

Apart from them, all six of the Brady kids from the original show will appear on “A Very Brady Renovation.” According to Country Living, each actor will be in charge of renovating a different area of the house.

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The roles of the Brady kids

Maureen McCormick (Marcia), for instance, will appear next to Drew and Jonathan to renovate the front, the entryway, and the living room of the place.

Mike Lookinland (Bobby), on the other hand, will work with the “Good Bones” stars to recreate the second-floor hallway and the boys’ bedroom.

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In Christopher Knight (Peter) and Barry Williams (Greg) case, they will join Jasmine Roth from “Hidden Potential” to work on the master suite that Mike used as an office.

Barry will also help Eve Plumb (Jan) and Lara Spencer from “Flea Market Flip” to reimagine Greg’s attic and Alice’s room.

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Finally, Susan Olsen (Cindy) will work with the “Good Bones” hosts, too, for the girls’ bed, the second-floor landing, the hallway, and the bathroom.

Although it has not been confirmed, NSYNC member Lance Bass might make a surprise appearance on the show, too, as he was initially trying to buy the house before HGTV got it.

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Renovating the house was not an easy task

The previously mentioned stars had to work hard to re-create the look of their on-screen home as the property started almost empty as it was used only for exterior photos. They even had to ask for people’s help!

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Thankfully, they managed to complete the renovation by May 2019, when the official HGTV Instagram page uploaded a photo showing everyone involved with the caption: “The Brady Bunch House renovation is officially complete!”

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The show from the network’s perspective

HGTV Vice President Loren Ruch confessed to Decider that it was the “biggest show” that the network has created.

“When we started to dive into doing the show, we studied — I’m not kidding — almost every frame of every episode that had ever existed. So if there was a room that ever appeared in a single episode, we would make sure it was covered here,” Loren revealed.

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The Vice President added that the six actors were a lot more skilled in flipping houses and decorating than they thought as they have been in the business for some time.

“And more than skilled, they were just interested in participating. It was a chance for them to get dirty, and they wanted to get dirty every single part of the entire process. It’s not fake seeing them work on this house,” she pointed out.

The show will premiere with an extended 90-minute-long episode on September 9 followed by three more hour-long episodes released weekly. Finally, HGTV confirmed that they will have an “A Very Brady Renovation” holiday special later this year.

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